Uh-oh. Akron is coming to town and they're pissed we ended their 22-game home winning streak last year.
The last time we met up @ Rhodes Arena, NIU shot 65% from the floor, beating the Zips at their place 88-78. Last year, I noted that the game truly was an aberration from the way we had been playing all of last year.
Here are the highlights from last year, with Jake Anderson (24 pts) and Michael Patton (22 pts) taking charge of the game.
And, uh...Akron hasn't forgot about this loss. I couldn't believe some of the quotes out of this story out of the Akron Beacon Journal:
''Everybody who was on the team last year — it is a bitter taste in our mouth,'' said junior forward Chris McKnight, who has reached double figures in 10 consecutive games. ''It shouldn't have happened. It still irks me just thinking about it, every time I hear Northern Illinois.''
Really? Holy shit. We better bring our A game because they are going to come in to the Convo with a swagger.
''They are playing well right now. Even in a loss, in double overtime, that still gives you confidence,'' McKnight said. ''We have to come in there. . .and take that confidence away right from the start.
''We can't let them take open shots. We can't let them get easy buckets. The more a team hangs around, the more confident they get.''
I wouldn't go so far as we're playing well. This is a classic example of talking up the opposing team. Just one decent game against Kent.
Even the coach decides to jump on the pile:
''We are a more confident team, no question about it,'' said Zips coach Keith Dambrot, whose team edged visiting Ball State 63-55 Wednesday in one of only two victories in the streak that weren't by double digits. ''We have a better idea of how to win.''
Even though Akron is on a hot 7-game winning streak, Northern is in an extremely tough position where we don't want to lose our 2nd straight home game at whatever cost. It should be an exciting, well fought game between both teams tomorrow in Dekalb.